San Diego Miramar College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at San Diego Miramar College provides the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in diagnosing, servicing, repairing, and maintaining diesel-powered over-the-road trucks, off-road heavy equipment, marine craft, and stationary engines. 

Specialized classroom and hands-on training provide each student with the opportunity to learn how to properly use technical manuals, computers, and tools to diagnose, repair, and maintain diesel engines and heavy equipment.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at San Diego Miramar College will be on the fast-track to acquiring and securing an entry-level position in the ever-growing diesel mechanics and heavy equipment job field.

Occupational Outlook

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of California was $50,570 yearly and $24.31 hourly, 12% higher than the national average.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree, Certificate of Achievement, and Certificate of Completion

The two-year Diesel Technology curriculum at San Diego Miramar College has three options which lead to a Certificate of Achievement, and two options that lead to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. In addition, the Diesel Technology program at San Diego Miramar College also offers ten different Certificates of Completion, each specializing in a different area, that can be applied toward the Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Applied Science Degree. The 8-month, 9-month, one-year, and two-year degree and certificate programs are all Pell Grant eligible. Certain students may qualify for the BOG Fee Waiver to help pay for their education.

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